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Tutorial: How to make PomPom!

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Tutorial: How to make PomPom!

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Just in time for the Holidays, I’m offering this little tutorial on how to make a fur or wool fabric pompom! Many Christmas-themed costumes have some pompoms, but the ones you will find in the store won’t always match the fur you bought. Why not make them yourself, so you’re sure of the whole look? 🙂

Let’s begin!

Difficulty level: easy

First, cut two circles of the fur or wool fabric you’ll be using. In this case, I used fabric wool. The size can vary, just think that it will be a little smaller when finished. The circles can be a bit rough. If you’re using fur, be careful not to cut the hair!

Cut four darts that will take about ⅓ of the diameter, as shown in the above illustration. Once again, if you’re using fur, be careful not to cut any hair, hm?

It’s time to start sewing! Assemble the first set of darts. It’s best to sew in a kind of triangle, starting with a large allowance and finish just after the end of the cut, close to the edge. It will make a better sphere this way. If you’re using fur, be careful to push the hair on the outside, so that it won’t be stuck in your seam.

And you make the other darts. Of course, you do this on the two pieces! Once you’ve done the second set of darts, you’ll notice that the pieces definitely don’t want to stay straight!

Now you assemble the two pieces together! Do leave a space for you to turn it around, about one inch is enough. Also, make sure that the darts match! I’d suggest leaving the opening at a dart unless your fur/wool is very thick. Also, once again, if you’re using fur, make sure to push the hair on the outside (well, inside the ball, but the outside of the fabric) so it’s not stuck in the seam!

Now you turn it around, and fill the inside! You can use regular plushie or cushion filling, or if you’re on a budget, you can use the scraps from the fur/wool you’ve cut! If you’ve nicely pushed the fur on the outside, the seams should barely be visible if you used fur. If some hair is stuck in the seam, use a little pin or crochet to pull it outside. (You may have guessed now, but fur is a bit more trouble than fabric wool. I’m very partial to fabric wool for this project haha.)

It’s time to close the opening of this little ball after you’ve filled it as much as it needed to be round and cute! Some may prefer to do this by hand for a cleaner finish, but during this tutorial, I was making 20 of these little balls and they had to be sewn solidly to a piece of fabric, so I did it with the sewing machine. The seam will be barely visible anyway if it’s close enough to the edge.

Ta-dam! A beautiful, fluffy pompom was made!

Now go and make yourself some cute Christmas-y costumes and have Happy Holidays! 🙂

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Roxanne Nelson

Cosplayer since 2005, Simakai has just been having so much fun and never wanted to stop. After a diploma in pattern-making and some time working in the industry, she started her own sewing business of geek apparel and cosplay commissions. From the simplest projects to the most intricate one, she's willing to help anyone who wants to learn.

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